De we Believe or Not Believe 

 The theme of our Easter journey together has been about challenge. On Palm Sunday we were challenged to acknowledge the darkness within as we became the crowd and shouted to crucify Jesus. On Maundy Thursday, we were challenged, along with Peter, to allow Christ to wash our feet in order to allow Christ to love…

Stand Up For Jesus

In the second act of the musical Chicago, Amos Hart sings “Mr. Cellophane Man.” as he laments his being invisible to the world. According to his song, being the poor, undereducated, and the neglected husband of Roxie Hart made him a nonperson in the eyes of the Chicago Tribune and Billy Flynn his wife’s lawyer….

Be the Salt of The Earth

For my internship year during seminary, I was placed at Trinity Church, Sigourny Street, in Hartford. Some of you may note a familiar ring. This is where our previous Director of Ministry, Dante was placed last year and continues to work for as their social media specialist. In the mid eighties the west end of…

Are You Ready to Follow?

In this week’s Gospel, we hear Matthew’s version of Jesus calling the disciples, Peter, Andrew, John and James. All are fishermen, all of whom, I assume, had known Jesus prior to his arrival on the shores of Galilee. I have to admit though, I get a little confused with the writer’s geography, because at one…

Love +Faith = Forgiveness

How many of us have often thought, “if only I had more faith?” I find it comforting this morning that we are not the first to have felt this way. This morning’s Gospel begins with the disciples asking Jesus to help them “ increase their faith.”  Unfortunately the request is taken out of context. For…

When?

On most Sunday nights, Maureen and I watch, Once Upon a Time, now an ABC classic which tells the untold stories of our childhood fairytales. Every time an evil spell is cast on Storybrook, a cloud of colorful smoke either descends on the town, or comes up from the sewer pipes. When I reflect on…

To Forgive is Human, To Redeem is Divine

Happy are they whose transgressions are forgiven, and sins are put away. For several years, I had a manager that was, for all intense and purposes, the definition of the manager from hell. He was one of these people that you never knew what to expect one day to the next. There were those days…

You Are Mine!

How many of us are familiar with the encounter game, Who Are You? The rules are simple, a partner asks you over and over again “who are you?” and you have to come up with a new and different answer every time. Who are you? I am Craig Swan. Who are you? I am a…

Racism, Sin and Preparing for Christ

In recent week, there have been several discussions on racism at St. Peter’s in preparation for our lenten symposium. Like other sensitive topics, just figuring out how to approach racism in a non-judgmental way has proven difficult. Nobody wants to think or even begin to believe that they could in anyway be considered racist. As…

To See, Or Not to See

Ten years ago, I had the opportunity to bring a group of high school students on a mission trip to Toronto. As part of our experience, we went on an evening tour called The Unseen Toronto. For two hours, we walked the heart of the city as our guide pointed out the “invisible world” within…

Be the Love of Christ

On the Monday after Easter, I had the privilege of presiding at Harriet Provost’s funeral.  When her daughter Cherie and I met to plan the service, we knew it would be small, because at 92 we knew there were not a lot of friends left to grieve her passing. Cherie also knew no one in…

The Peace that Passes Understanding

the following is the Homily preached by Kathleen Hart-Zavoli on April 19, 2015. Picture it:  It is the evening of the Resurrection.  You have already heard Mary Magdalene tell she has seen the Lord.  You are locked in a room with other disciples of Jesus.  Not just the chosen Apostles of Jesus but those who…